Patchwork and Quilting in Britain

Patchwork and Quilting in Britain

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By (author) Heather Audin

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  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 206mm x 8mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747812411
  • ISBN 13: 9780747812418
  • Illustrations note: 10 MONO; 60 COLOUR
  • Sales rank: 118,270

Product description

Patchwork quilts are hugely evocative emblems of our domestic past. With no two quite the same, each example hints both at the story of the particular household in which it was produced and at a larger piece of social history. But quilting is by no means only historical, with the craft seeing a huge revival in popularity in recent years, and items that were once made for purely utilitarian and practical reasons are now produced and appreciated for the connection they afford us to a rich vein of heritage and nostalgia. Illustrated with a stunning range of examples from the Quilters' Guild Collection - of which the author is curator - this book is a wonderful introduction to a hugely important aspect of British domestic history.

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Author information

Heather Audin has worked for the Quilters Guild as curator since the museum opened in 2008, where she is responsible for care of collections, writing and organising exhibitions and answering public enquiries on the historic collections. She has a background in museums and has documented a large range of museum collections including social history, costume and textiles. She also has a personal interest in historic costume, is a keen sewer and dabbles in patchwork in her spare time!

Table of contents

Introduction / 'Patchwork is the Fashion of This Age': 1700-1800 / Pretty Prints and Colourful Cottons: 1800-50 / The Fashion for Fancywork: 1850-1900 / Fluctuating Fortunes: 1900-50 / The Revival: 1950-2000 / Conclusion / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index